Time to understand.
What are you feeding your dog?
Some owners make their decision to purchase based on a TV ad, or food available at the vets; you presume it must be good if sold at the vet's. Maybe price, or nice packaging and you are drawn to it.
Foods sold At Vets
If you have time, read this about vets and dog food, it has been put together by a company called All About Dog Food. You may be shocked! Some leading brands are such poor quality.
There are so many dog foods available today; it is hard for any consumer to work out what is good and what is not. We hope this article helps you.
Your decisions impact your dog’s health.
You can make decisions what to eat when you are shopping, you can add healthy items to your basket, and you can make an effort to eat more healthy, your dog does not have these choices, they have to rely on you to make the decisions on what it eats every day, food, treats and chews.
It is time to STOP, look at what your feeding your much-loved dog every day and take stock, we shall show you what to look for, and you will become more savvy and knowledgeable in the decisions you make on what you are feeding.
All dog food has to show ingredients on a label on the dog food packaging. All ingredients are shown in order, so the highest percentage will show first and then will be in descending order.
You are looking for the highest percentage, (the first ingredient listed) to be animal meat. You need to feed a higher meat content food.
Then check to see if any of the meat is fresh meat. Ooddles foods only use fresh meat, fresh is best and dogs love it.
You may be amazed to see how low the meat content is within some dog foods; it will not even feature as the first or 2ndmain ingredient. Sometimes if it is showing as the first ingredient, it can be a low percentage such as 20%. Some of the most well-known brands and those sold at vets have the lowest meat contents and packed full of maize and cereals.
The shocker for us is wet soft food; many are as low as 8% meat content; anything under 40% should be avoided in our opinion.
Colours and Additives
Some kibbles are red, green and orange, and you may have been attracted to this, but it is mainly always artificial colourings, and your dog will not even know, but you are drawn to it and purchase it as it looks bright and colourful. Using artificial colourants and additives are all bad for your dog.
Artificial colourings have been linked with behavioural issues in children, and the same effects are seen in dogs too, with reduced attention spans and hyperactivity. Common artificial colourings are tartrazine, sunset yellow, and they can be listed as E numbers too.
High based cereal dog foods, (low meat content) with bulk fillers means your dogs will have more waste and fibrous stools, feeding a higher meat content better quality food will result in smaller firmer stools as your dog has a meal with higher digestible food and will digest all the nutrients.
Weight Gain and health issues
If we eat cheap fillers, fast food, we gain weight, and it has long term health issues, this is no different for your dog if you feed cheaper foods full of cereals and cheaper ingredients, the same thing applies, skin conditions, hyperactivity and issues will present themselves when feeding low-quality foods.
Increased Vet Bills
There is no doubt that. What you feed your dog will help to prevent or facilitate the onsite of common dog disorders. Giving your dog cheap food laden with artificial ingredients, and poor levels of protein, vitamin and mineral sources can often lead to the onset of health problems. No different than us humans, gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular issues, osteoarthritis, poor skin and coat, and cancer can result from feeding a dog low-quality food for extended periods.
You may save a little buying cheaper food, but not in the long run, vets are expensive, and you may need medications for life.
Feed Less Using Quality Food.
When you feed a higher meat content food, the food lasts longer, and you feed less per meal. Using lower meat content food, your feeding guide will be much higher as you need more food to get the right nutrition, which means more waste too. So you may pay a little more for the bag of food, but it will last longer, and the overall health of your dog will be better. You may be surprised a bag of quality food is more cost-effective when you weigh your dog’s food and following the feeding guides than feeding mass volume of cheaper foods.
Feeding a higher meat content, natural quality food is the best for your dog. Our dry food is as a good as raw, with a high content of the meat being fresh meat, it is cooked using our unique very slow steam cooking system, with lower heat to preserve all the goodness. Our 80/20 range contains 80% meat/fish and 20% fruit, vegetables, minerals and botanicals. We also have 70/30, 65/35 and 50/50 varieties to suit all dogs.
Same with Ooddles wet food, it is high in meat content, and of course, if you’re a raw feeder, our complete raw food is all-natural with added bone and superfoods too.
We only have premium foods, grain-free, hypoallergenic, packed full of goodness, all-natural and higher in meat content, regardless if you feed dry, wet, or raw.
All About Dog Food website has a calculator. If you grab your current food ingredients, from a website where it is listed and enter into this calculator, they will give you their percentage based on quality ingredients and quality nutrition. It also lists all ingredients and rates them.